Rachel  Feb 10, 2013   'Friday Night Lights', News

Last week’s pilot of NBC’s “Jekyll and Hyde” drama Do No Harm premiered to disastrously low ratings. “Do No Harm’s” performance got the folks at www.scottfeinberg.com thinking: What are some of the best pilots in recent memory? Here’s a list of the 10 best pilots of the past decade:

7. Friday Night Lights (2006)
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Piggy-backing off of the critical acclaim of the 2004 film, Friday Night Lights somehow spun off into an even better TV drama, focusing on a Texas high school football team and its trials and tribulations.

The new coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), lead the football-driven family and serve as an inspiration for the young players. Complete with a cast of fresh faces and handheld cameras, the pilot introduces audiences to the small town of Dillon and a slower pace of life — off the field, of course.

With a dramatic end for star quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter) and a promising beginning for rookie Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), even those who don’t care for football will find themselves completely obsessed with this down-home show.